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Grateful Dead Live at Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University on 1973-02-09

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Grateful Dead Live at Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University on 1973-02-09


d1-The Promised Land
d1-Row Jimmy
d1-Black Throated Wind
d1-Me And My Uncle
d1-Looks Like Rain
d1-Loose Lucy
d1-Beer Barrel Polka
d1-Mexicali Blues
d1-Brown Eyed Women
d1-El Paso
d1-Here Comes Sunshine
d2-Playing In The Band


d2-Wavy Gravy chatter
d2-China Cat Sunflower >>
d2-I Know You Rider
d2-Jack Straw
d2-Dead battery
d2-They Love Each Other
d2-Truckin' >>
d2-Eyes Of The World >>
d2-China Doll 6:00
d2-Big River
d3-Ramble On Rose
d3-Box Of Rain
d3-Wave That Flag
d3-Sugar Magnolia
d3-Uncle John's Band
d3-Around And Around


d3-Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University
Location Palo Alto, CA

Source SBD>>MR>>REEL>>DAT>>SS>>CDR>>DAW(Bertha)>>CDA
Transferred by Bertha Remaster by



Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nicknamed Bertha, by on September 3, 2002.

The many fades were done previously, by others.

From the original text file:

MR 2 Track Reel > 7.5 IPS 1/4 tack dolby B reel > DAT > Sonic Solutions > CDR
Some cuts between tracks
Note that there were many technical failures during this show including loss of all tweeters on the first note of "Promised". "Casey Jones" has alot of distortion.


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2015
Subject: Not Wall of Sound, but one of the "history shows"

Just FYI, the Wall of Sound was '74 (partially tested at the Cow Palace 3/23/74 and first loaded and scaffolded in Reno 5/12/74). This was the premier of the then-new Alembic system, which was so difficult and time-consuming to set up, that Owsley replaced it with a system that was more difficult and time-consuming to set up, was too expensive to transport and delayed shows. The Alembic PA was similar in that it didn't have line array stacks, instead using the forward-facing PA as the monitors (Alembic cabinets with a more horizontal array, sans the scaffolding - as you can see in '73 pix), and also tried separation of voicing via Macintosh groups (though not six like the Wall of Sound).

The 1st show of '73 was in Stanford's basketball arena (across the street from the Frost Amphitheater and "Bong concert hall") and the only time they played here (the floor was so spongy and problematic it actually injured athletes), which is why they didn't play Stanford in winter again (the Frost being outdoors). Even though the band originated here (in off-campus Palo Alto), it would be 9 years before they played Stanford again. But then they played the Frost 14 times in '82-'89. The Mapes is one of those legendary shows that was very commonly traded, and possibly the only '73 in your collection (in the days of magnetic tape racked inside a plastic shell - seems we all had this one). It came just 6 days before the equally-discussed (and superior) Madison show. My copy was no fucking Bertha master! It was all air and poor pitch.

The "history" shows aren't usually all that. This one has the 1st ever: Row Jimmy, Loose Lucy, Here Comes Sunshine, They Love Each Other, Eyes of the World, China Doll and Wave that Flag. The only other time that many songs were introduced was 2/18/71 Portchester. Jers tone was great with his Strat. Strats are considered "clean" but listen to how his tones are fatter than usual. The show is like a band practice session - Bobby admits as much at one point. If you're rooting around winter '73, you want to start with 2/15. If you want GOOD '73, go to the end of the year: 11/11, 11/14, 11/17, Boston run, San Diego.

First Set. The 1st set has new songs and takes chances but isn't one of the top sets of '73. It's more interesting for those that like the historical stuff/curiosity factor. Although Jer plays ready and active, there's a bit of a warm-up - never mind that every tweeter blew at the start of the song leaving a limited spectrum. The 1st Row Jimmy has a nice tempo and Billy plays it punchy with a double bass drum beat that was monotonous until it evolved. The first they gel is for a snarly, funky Deal. Me & My Uncle - now they're in the groove, but the buggy sound is frustrating. Sugaree was, actually, still evolving and IMO got much better in the late '70s. Looks Like Rain is a good version but there are better '73s. Dig the early arrangement for Loose Lucy - better? Maybe, but there's a lot of strumming and not knowing where to go. A funny thing about Beer Barrel Polka: in his book Billy talks about hating the military march beat after growing up a few blocks from here (next to a military schools' drilling field). A good version for the trainspotters that go for such Funuculi ephemera. The rest is average '73. They played El Paso 67 times in '73 (including IN El Paso). Here Comes Sunshine isn't quite what it became (11/30, 12/19).

Second Set. The set starts below-average on the details and though they were in the right rhythmic mood to break out They Love Each Other, it's not 11/30 or 12/1. The remarkable one is the 1st Eyes of the World, played astonishingly well and for 18 minutes! It's all packed and ready to use as a jam vehicle (after this one-off arrangement they would use another key in the jam). They started playing it every freaking night but kept Dark Star too. It's a unique version - they go in and out of these different jam sections. Another nailed 1st-timer, China Doll also plays back with Bill's plodding kick which works here, adding a perfect punch usually lacking (he just had to keep it up until the right song came along!) The harmonies were never better. Bobby loses the thread in Big River but Jer's happy to whittle. Ramble On Rose is taut, strung along with a good counter-balanced, teetering solo. '73 was the biggest year for Box Of Rain but this isn't one of the top ones, wobbling close to wreckage (though the vox were good in '73). Wave That Flag is still embryonic before the verse rewrite (it was pulled from June '73 to Feb '74) - are some of these lyrics one-offs? Sugar Magnolia - yup, that's the way Bobby played it in '73. Though there are dozens, this is up there (the way he walks up @3:45 - 3:50) and there's no Bobby-hoarse-screaming or Donna squelch™. That should have been it but there's more - a great Uncle John's Band. I love it when Jer's solo sequences are inverted; either way this is letter-perfect. Around & Around finds the '73 groove. Check @2:38 how he's ahead of the key change and lifts it up into place. Bobby didn't always do these verse fills on Casey Jones (though it's otherwise average).

1st Set:  C
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3 Stars

Deal - But isn't it usually good?
Eyes of the World - A unique, entertaining version
China Doll - Also unique; punchy, tight
Sugar Magnolia - Great example of '73 SugarMag
Uncle John's Band- Pulled-off pat
Around & Around - rave-up party version

SOURCES: Surprisingly there's no Miller; but there is a Bertha so there! (the ashley.12571 sounds best). The are no Auds for gap-patching. See rshannon (below) for wonderful back-story.
Reviewer: Sansloy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2014
Subject: Kick baby
Nice clean recording, high energy, great spring 73 example. I can't remember hearing the kick drum so clearly.
Reviewer: SillyDead! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2014
Subject: 1973...five big ones...
...five stars, cuz it's 1973!
Reviewer: Moleclane - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2014
Subject: What a Classic!
Man, back in the day this set 2 was THE go-to tape for us. My God if only we had this Bertha mix back then. Thank you Jay Ashley!

Love the comments from all the attendees too; so cool to add all that flavor to an already legendary historical performance.

Amazing sound, songs, effort and energy here.
Reviewer: Jabe11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2013
Subject: Blast from the past
This was one of my favorite cassettes back when I was in the mix. I had a tape of the 2nd set from some girl, loved it, then the tape floated somewhere. Relatively recently, someone turned me on to this site and I have been scoping around, looking up favorite shows, shows i've been to, recommendations from other threads. As some of the old bootlegs i've looked up here have disappointed, this one was top notch. Not only that, after only having the second set, hearing the first set for the first time was like Christmas! I give this 5 stars for many reasons.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2013
Subject: What did Wavy ever do to you?
What in the hell are those 2 reviewers hatin' on Wavy Gravy's comments for?? Seriously? What did he say that was so hard to handle for you two guys? For the life of me.....?? Then to question why the Dead ever affiliated themselves with Hugh Romney?? Seriously?? Were you born yesterday?

Honestly--I will listen to a Jay Ashley upload over a Charlie Miller source, every time. Bertha has it going does Charlie, obviously. But, if i had to choose....

The show?? Statements just seem vain at last......this one walks and talks all on it's own if you give it the time.
Reviewer: william delyon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2013
Subject: : HalfStep>N>H is a clown shoe wearing know nothing
Wavy gravy is one of the most benevolent spirits to inhabit this earth and embodies the message of the grateful dead- their true brother. jerry would be rolling his eyes at your plain ignorance.

that said- great pull. have a board of this now but this was one of my first tapes so I still love an audience rec.

First eyes China Doll, Here Comes Sunshine, Loose Lucy,They Love Each Other, Row Jimmy and Wave That Flag.
Reviewer: HalfStep>N>H - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2013
Subject: Wavy Gravy is an Idiot
Why would the Grateful Dead even associate with him....he is a clown. perfect...

love early 70's sets with all these great tunes.
Here comes sunshine is beautiful here. Very Crisp
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2012
Subject: Typically great 73 show
Can't go wrong with a 73 show. Great jazzy jams especially Playin' and Eyes. Solid performance throughout. Some of the harmonies are a little wonky (it's almost redundant to name HCS here) but overall not too bad - actually Donna nails Row Jimmy quite beautifully.
I came to the realization while listening to this show that I actually prefer the lyrics to Wave the Flag over US Blues!
Reviewer: mrbill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 7, 2012
Subject: a lot to like
this is a cool show.

great historic value.

great sound.

great energy.

only negative is off-key backup vocals. for example, Eyes of the World and China Doll. Bob was usually on-key. Donna gets criticized a lot, but I think she was generally pretty good about being on key. Hate to say it, but Phil sang some sour harmonies. Or maybe it was Donna, unconfortable with new sound.

As somebody pointed out, Jerry's tone was always awesome. This is hard to achieve. It wasn't the custom guitars because he had it in his strat and SG days. I think he knew electronics and amps.

UPDATE: OMG just heard a horrible rhythm glitch in the end of Ramble On Rose. Never noticed it before. Sounds like a band f-up rather than a tape f-up. Oh well. Doesn't change my rating.
Reviewer: TeriPettit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2012
Subject: This show spoiled me for any other
This was my very first rock concert, as a Stanford freshman. Spoiled me forever - I've still never been to one since where the headliner band played so long, and never let down the energy.
Reviewer: Deadheadable - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2012
Subject: THE FARM
Reviewer: beatitondownonline - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2011
Subject: Wonderful!
You can't have a bad day listening to this show!
Reviewer: ArtisanSound - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2011
Subject: Still the best GD show
Just love Garcia's tone. Used to think the tone was so good because his speaker was on the verge of blowing and gave him a little distortion (It blows out in the encore I believe).

But after learning this was one of his last shows with the strat, I'm may have to rethink.

Also, does anyone have the tape where Bobby talks about the 40 foot cockroach??? This banter really needs to get added back.
Reviewer: serpentale - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2011
Subject: So sweet!
Right on, Jay! I love this show!!!
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2011
Subject: if time travel were possible
this is where id jump right to. best of the best from here till the end of march
Reviewer: CosmicGeordie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2010
Subject: Greatest Big River (ever)
In addition to all of the awesome and well-deserved accolades for this landmark show, there’s one unsung gem: the best Big spite of itself.

During an interview in the late '80s, Jerry was asked if there were any songs he was really sick of playing. "If I never had to play Big River again I'd be OK with that."

Well...behold the best version they ever did -- even if they miss the ending and take it around to the chorus an extra time. This is a barnburner and a supreme highpoint from Jerry’s "Alligator" Strat era (and oh the tone through that Wall of Sound) prior to the delivery of Doug Irwin’s "Wolf" guitar a couple of months later.

Likewise, Bobby's counter-rhythm was never better either.

Reviewer: palealien - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2010
Subject: First Kiss
No, not really, but it was my first show ever. I sorta remember the floor was moving, so now I get an explanation. Amazing to find a copy like this here, for so long I had always wondered what I was I heard that night. Didn't realize that so many of the songs that were new to me were also just as new to everyone else there.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2009
Subject: 2-9-73
Incredible both in performance and sound quality. Jay Ashley thank you. I love the Grateful Dead from the 60's up through the summer of 1990. I even like some of the shows from the 90's but I keep finding myself back in 1973.
Reviewer: rshannon - - December 9, 2009
Subject: GD at Maples Pavilion
Actually, although Bill Graham attended this show backstage, he didn't produce it. It was produced by the Associated Students of Standford Univ., Special Events Program, of which I was the Director at the time. I believe it was the first time the GD had played a major SF Bay Area venue for anyone _but_ Bill Graham, a deal that took almost four months of negotiations via Scully.

The basketball floor's foundation framing was made of a crisscross wood lattice, designed to allow a normally almost imperceptible little bounce to protect athletes. However, when the concert crowd got bouncing up and down in unison, the springy floor moved up and down several inches per beat, which, uh, it wasn't designed to do. :-) Walking through the crowd was also challenging under those conditions. Miraculously, I don't believe there was any permanent damage to the floor.

The gig also marked the first production use of the GD's new sound system. During setup (which required two full days) a team of some German (Swiss?) sound engineers in royal blue blazers had a rolling table covered with recording and paper roll graph printing gear. They played high vol. white noise through the speaker stacks for hours at a time, as they went all over the hall testing full spectrum response to tune the system. Eventually, it sounded super.

It's great to find this here. Brings back these and many more memories. Thanks.

Ron Shannon
S.U. '74
Reviewer: spring mountain high - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2009
Subject: wavy gravy
might be one of the most annoying people ever in the history of the planet...STFU dood!

fun of my favorite really kicks it

it's amazing how great these '1st time' songs sound, like they had been in the rotation for years
Reviewer: nightwind - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2009
Subject: Oh My!
One of my favs! Great show, good energy, lots of first time played, plus uniquie versions of They Love Each Other and Loose Lucy. Both up tempo from later Dead. Also good sound for a Non sound board show.
Reviewer: DianaW - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2009
Subject: This show
What more could one ask than this show?
Reviewer: JboneST - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2009
Subject: Love these long sets
I love these long set lists from this era. It's not "What did they play" it's "What didn't they play." Sound is can hear all players...Jer's voice is prime.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" February 9, 1973, at the Roscoe Maples Pavilion, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A.


I concur with Sir-Mix-Alot. I think this version is the best "sounding" of all the "copies" on the IA, at least it sounds the best in headphones.
I highly recommend using your 10 band EQ in your Windows Media Player during playback to get the best sound, and maybe even kick in the SRS WOW Effects for that added richness.

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

Well produced and rehearsed the GRATEFUL DEAD set out to conquer their destiny as plutocrats. There was no looking back, the future called. Bigger was better, it was the way it was back then.

I wonder why no school ever produced a band like the GRATEFUL DEAD? I can guess...

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

For easy streaming or downloading use RealPlayer. Click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1973.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2009
Subject: Audible Quirks And All
This is a great representation of a great show.

As it was a tremendous honor to be a participant.
It is a tremendous honor to participate,
Just One More Time.

Six new songs advertised as "All New Stuff"
And an all new P.A. system, hence
The Working Out The Bugs of the Wall of Sound.

To compensate, the boys (and girl) play their hearts out.

If it were available this show would merit a 10 rating if for nothing else than historical splendor...

On a dark and windblown rainy Friday night

At Stanford's new gym.

The first and final GD concert at this venue. Bill Graham had to pay to have the floor re-done for all the burn holes and the GD were never asked back by the university or requested to return by BGP.

Too bad, really, this was a perfect venue for the GD. It was much more sonically appealing than Winterland and much more accessible if you were arriving from afar.

And if you were there that night you exited more than 80 miles high.

Nun The Less,
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2009
Subject: Best sounding 2-9-1973!
This recording gets my vote for the best sounding 2-9-73 in the Archive. This is a defining, ground-breaking concert with several "first's"...see Decoboy's review of the "first's". There are very few concerts where the Dead debuted bunches of new songs, like 2-26-77 Swing. This is a special recording of a special concert.
Reviewer: chobez - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2008
Subject: pretty sexy
I dig it
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